At what kind of shop does a padre buy his albs?
At an army surplice store.
I was completely puzzled. I know what an army surplus store is, I wondered if 'albs' was a variant of alba, a term I had heard of and vaguely recall as some sacerdotal clothing, but apart from that .... no clue whatsoever. Limey kindly put me on the railway track to Comprehension Station.
surplice = surplus as /ˈsɜːpləs/
This is a surplice:
And this is an alb:
Moral to the story? Jokes may increase your word stock.
1 /ˈkæsək, ˈtɪpɪt, ˈsɜːpləs, ˈrɒtʃɪt/